Congressman Blumenauer Applauds House Passage of Funding Extension for Behavioral Health Centers

June 19, 2019
Press Release
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3253, a bill that would extend a number of Medicaid programs, including the Community Mental Health Services Demonstration program.
This program created Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHSs), which are currently in operation in eight states, including Oregon. Currently, the program is expected to expire June 30, 2019. This bill would extend funding for the Community Mental Health Services Demonstration Program through 2021.
“I’m very pleased that we were able to secure funding for these critical programs. Behavioral health clinics are a vehicle for expanded access to intensive community-based services which serve individuals with untreated severe mental illness or addiction. Oregon has been a participant in this program for over 2 years, and centers like Cascadia Behavioral Health Center in Portland have served as a critical resource for Oregonians seeking care and recovery. We must ensure that those struggling with addiction and mental illness have the resources they need. Our communities are stronger when no one is left behind.”